Jimmy Barnes: Great Aussie Success Stories

Title:
Jimmy Barnes: Great Aussie Success Stories
NFSA ID:
310456
Year:
1995
Category:
Access fees

Channel Nine reporter Mike Munro interviews Jimmy Barnes about his early years in Glasgow and migrating to Australia as a young child. 

After a brief discussion about his working-class background, the clip transitions into showing footage of Cold Chisel's infamous destructive performance at the 1981 Countdown Awards. The clip seems to pair working-class people with violence, which is an unflattering and unfair conjoining of ideas and images.

The use of early black-and-white photos of Jimmy as a child provides a delightful biographical note and successfully accompanies his memories of growing up in South Australia. The interview is very natural and informal, and a pleasure to watch.

This excerpt was from a special hosted by Mike Munro which gets behind the public veneer of some famous Australians.  Apart from Jimmy Barnes the program featured cricketer Shane Warne, motorcycle ace Michael Doohan, rugby star David Campese, entertainer Barry Humphries, authors Colleen McCullough and Thomas Keneally, clean up Australia crusader Ian Kieran, publisher Nene King and TV veteran Brian Henderson.